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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Atikh Rashid


Prithviraj Chavan: 13 pre-Budget meetings held at PMO, FM not invited to attend any of them
Thu, Jan 23, 2020

Prithviraj Chavan said if Modi wasn’t happy with the performance of Nirmala Sitharaman, she should be replaced with a more competent person, but keeping the finance minister away from Union Budget discussions didn’t behoove well for the government’s image.

If PM not happy with Sitharaman’s performance, she should be replaced: Prithviraj Chavan
Wed, Jan 22, 2020

"If PM Modi is not happy with Sitharaman's performance, she should be replaced with a more competent person. Keeping the Finance Minister out of Union Budget discussions doesn't augur well for the government's image," Prithviraj Chavan said.

Must in Maharashtra schools from January 26: Preamble-reading sessions
Wed, Jan 22, 2020

The Constitution is at the heart of the ongoing controversy and nationwide protest over the CAA as many believe that the new amendment goes against the Constitution and its promise of equality of all religions.

Explained: Contesting claims over the birthplace of Sai Baba
Tue, Jan 21, 2020

A proposed Rs 100 crore grant for Baba’s ‘birthplace’ Pathri has triggered anger in Shirdi, the town synonymous with the saint. What is the basis of Pathri’s claim? Is the quarrel rooted in faith or insecurity?

No new trains from Pune Railway Station, officials cite congestion
Mon, Jan 20, 2020

For several years now, the Railways has not announced new trains from Pune and pointed out that there was a need to improve the infrastructure at the station in order to accommodate new trains.

Explained: Why Pune-Mumbai Hyperloop may be scrapped
Mon, Jan 20, 2020

In November 2018, the state Urban Development Department accorded the Hyperloop project the status of a ‘Public Infrastructure Project’ and gave the go-ahead to award the work using the Swiss Challenge Method.

Explained: In Pune’s underground, how giant machines are paving the way for Metro trains
Mon, Jan 13, 2020

Four tunnel-boring machines, which will construct two parallel tunnels between the two locations, are expected to finish the tunnelling work within two years. The Indian Express explains how the machines function.

FTII dropped as Pune film fest venue over ‘student protests’ called off last week
Thu, Jan 09, 2020

A protest over entrance exam fee hike was withdrawn by students last week after some of their demands were met by the administration.

FTII gives venue for PIFF; festival decides to give top honour to its chief
Sat, Jan 04, 2020

This year, the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) campus will be the main venue of the festival, which had to be shifted out of its usual venue, CityPride in Kothrud, due to ongoing work at the multiplex. The festival’s honouree, Singh, happens to be the current chairman of FTII.

Area under dense forest declines, improvement in tree cover
Wed, Jan 01, 2020

According to the report, ‘very dense forests’ and ‘moderately dense forests’ in Maharashtra have actually seen a decline of 95 sq km, but with an increase in the ‘open forest’ category by 191 sq km, the cumulative forest cover has increased by 95.56 sq km.

In Maharashtra, area under dense forest declines, improvement in tree cover outside notified forests, says report
Tue, Dec 31, 2019

As per the report, in Maharashtra the 'very dense forest' and 'moderately dense forests' have actually seen a decline of 95 square kilometres but with an increase the 'Open Forest' category by 191 square kilometres, the cumulative forest cover has increased by 95.56 square kilometres.

Bhima Koregaon anniversary: Pune district admin won’t allow anti-CAA and NRC banners
Mon, Dec 30, 2019

“We are not going to give permission to install any billboard about CAA or NRC at that spot. This is not to deter anyone from raising the issue but to ensure that the Vijay Divas celebration is held in a peaceful manner. We don’t want any other issue during the event,” the collector said.

When FTII flared up again: Why students protested and what they achieved
Sun, Dec 29, 2019

The Indian Express explains the issues against which the students were up in arms this time, and how they managed a ‘win’ in their quest to keep film education affordable.

Don’t F**k With Cats Hunting an Internet Killer review: Catch me if you can
Sat, Dec 28, 2019

Netflix original docu-series Don’t F**k With Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer tells the tale of a publicity-hungry murderer who likes a good chase.

Elgar arrests wrong, says Pawar, seeks SIT probe, action against Pune police
Sun, Dec 22, 2019

Agreeing that there were “very strong opinions expressed in the speeches” at the Elgar, Pawar said, “In a democracy, people take such positions. I have seen this in the past, during the Samyukta Maharashtra movement. But people were not booked for treason then... This entire investigation needs to be looked into."

New citizenship law: Maharashtra should join states opposing NRC, says Pawar
Sun, Dec 22, 2019

“But if the states oppose the Union government’s order, there is a likelihood that it may dismiss these state governments,” Pawar added.

Veteran actor Shriram Lagoo cremated
Sat, Dec 21, 2019

State Culture Minister Subhash Desai, MNS chief Raj Thackeray, actors Nana Patekar, Urmila Matondkar and Amol Palekar, film director Jabbar Patel and scores of others from Marathi theatre and cinema attended the funeral.

Shriram Lagoo (1927-2019): ‘Rare actor, highly intelligent, had logic to apply to character’
Wed, Dec 18, 2019

Lagoo is most well known for playing a retired and elderly actor in Marathi play Natasamrat, and a shy and gullible teacher in V Shantaram’s film Pinjara, apart from his performances in Jabbar Patel’s political dramas of the 1970s.

Pune: Entrance exam fee steep, profit making exercise, say FTII students
Wed, Dec 18, 2019

As per RTI information, in 2018 when the JET was introduced for the first time, FTII had collected Rs 1.45 crore from aspirants (5,293 applications) and had spent Rs 28.41 lakh on conducting the test thus earning Rs 1.17 crore in profits.

Paint Me a New World
Sun, Dec 08, 2019

Hellaro is a celebration of colour and cause. It’s enjoyable if you can ignore the shortcomings